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Extravagant, absurd, and self-aware, "The Revolutionaries Try Again "plays out against the lost decade of Ecuador's austerity and the stymied idealism of three childhood friendsan expat, a bureaucrat, and a playwrightwho are as sure about the evils of dictatorship as they are unsure of everything else, including each other. "Everyone thinks they're the chosen ones, Masha wrote on Antonio's manuscript. See "About Schmidt "with Jack Nicholson. Then she quoted from "Hope Against Hope "by Nadezhda Mandelstam, because she was sure Antonio hadn't read her yet: Can a man really be held accountable for his own actions? His behavior, even his character, is always in the merciless grip of the age, which squeezes out of him the drop of good or evil that it needs from him.

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Mauro Javier Cardenas

Mauro Javier Cardenas is the author of The Revolutionaries Try Again (Coffee House Press, September 2016) . His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Antioch Review, Guernica, Witness, ZYZZYVA and BOMB. He's the recipient of the 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson Award.

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